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Debra Garcia California Estate Planning Attorney

California Estate Planning Services

If you're looking for support in using the law to protect you and your loved ones, and to stay out of court and out of conflict, then you've come to the right place. I'm Debra Garcia, California Estate Planning attorney and counselor-at-law based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I serve individuals, couples and families across California.

Schedule a complimentary phone consultation or call me directly at (510) 495-0445. I look forward to connecting with you.

California Estate Planning

California Estate Planning is a process to help you ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death, and also during life in the event you become temporarily or permanently incapacitated. The right planning can also minimize taxes, legal fees, court costs, and lengthy and complicated court procedures that can keep your loved ones (and your assets) tied up in probate court for a very long time.

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones, and to ensure that your wishes are carried out, is to create a plan while you are able. A well-designed and well-thought-out plan will keep you and your loved ones out of court and out of conflict.

If you don’t have a plan in place, the State of California will impose its plan on you, and it's most likely not what you would choose for yourself.

Parts of a basic California Estate Plan can include: 

  • a Will (aka Last Will and Testament), 
  • a Trust (often called a Living Trust or a Revocable Living Trust (RLT)), 
  • a Durable Power of Attorney (for your finances),
  • an Advance Health Care Directive (this is the California directive that now combines a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care),
  • Guardianships and conservatorships can also be addressed in your plan.

But a well-thought-out and prepared plan is more than just a set of documents. You want a plan that will work when you need it to and takes into consideration the inevitable changes in your life and changes in the law.

Visit my California Estate Planning page to learn more.

Life and Legacy Planning

The term “Estate Planning” can be misleading. Some people don’t think they have an "estate" that's worth the trouble of planning for. Or they think it’s only for "old" people, or "rich" people, or dying people, or just for someone else. I prefer to think of this area as “Life and Legacy Planning.” 

Life and Legacy Planning is the way to ensure that your wishes are carried out for yourself and your family and loved ones. If you’re a parent, you absolutely need to have a legal plan in place so that your wishes are carried out for your children and they don't end up in the hands of strangers in the short term or the long term.

(BTW Every person has an "estate," some are just larger than or different than others. And everyone 18 years of age and older needs to have a plan in place.)

If you choose to work with me to develop your estate plan, we will meet for an in-depth Life and Legacy Planning Session; this will enable me to know what you want to achieve and also to educate and empower you to make the best decisions for yourself and your loved ones.

Learn more about the Life and Legacy Planning Session here or schedule a phone consultation to discuss California Estate Planning.

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To better serve you, all consultations are by appointment only. Book a complimentary consultation call or call me directly at (510) 495-0445 to schedule an appointment.

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